Reviewed on 2013 February 20
A friend of mine, one I’d never peg as a horror movie fan, recommended this to me. While it’s not a typical horror movie, I enjoyed it as much as he said I would.
It’s a bare-bones plot. A group of strangers wake up in some sort of booby-trapped creation. We see the viciousness of the traps in the first few minutes, and for a moment I thought it was going to just be lots of blood ’n’ guts, but it’s not (though if that’s your thing you’re golden; there’s enough for your inner ghoul). The strangers all have to work together to try to get out of this cube, with a horrible death awaiting them behind every wrong door picked. And there are an infinite number of wrong doors. The strangers all have different gifts. We have a policeman (Maurice Dean Wint), a doctor (Nicky Guadagni), and someone whose greatest skill seems to be cynicism (David Hewlett). The other gifts may give away plot points so I’ll let you discover them as you watch. The problem is these people have to work together.
This is older, meaner, more nihilistic sister of Saw. It’s more disturbing than actually scary. When I was in college I knew a person who had midterm nightmares about what she called “The Calculus Children”. If she didn’t have a hand in this, I’d bet good money she at least has the DVD. The people change throughout the movie, with me seeing very little of what was coming next. The actors, all unknown to me, made the most of a sparse script and minimalist set.
Three chocolate morsels.